- an owl or owlet.
Origin of howlet
1425–75; late Middle English; perhaps < French hulotte wood-owl, perhaps derivative of Middle French huler to howl < Germanic; see howl
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Examples from the Web for howlet
"Glad to meet you and Mr. Howlet," said the one called McNaughton.
Howlet's expression suggested that he was searching his memory.
"Maybe we won't need to impose on you any more, Tony," said Howlet.
We ordered a thermos pot of coffee and Howlet asked me about McNaughton.
At last, one fine day Mr. Howlet was seen to drive up to the Hall, and take in with him a large document.Comical People
- archaic, poetic another word for owl
C15: diminutive of howle owl
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